May 24

Toddler Finger Foods

by Hannah Holt »


A couple of recipes and a meal plan for stubborn independent eaters.

Recipe #1) Sweet Potato Bites

What you’ll need:

  • sweet potatoes (1-3 medium potatoes)
  • non-stick spray
  • two cups of water
  • a cookie sheet with a one inch lip (a casserole pan works too)

Step 1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2) Spray the pan with non-stick and poor the water into the pan.

Step 3) Slice the sweet potatoes in half (the long way) and pierce the skin with a knife 3-4 times. Place them face down on the cookie sheet, and bake for 50 minutes. The potatoes should be tender but not mushy.

Step 4) Let the potatoes cool. Remove the skin and cut into 1/4 inch cubes.

Store leftovers in the fridge for up to five days. These are quite delicious. I snack on them myself sometimes.

Recipe #2) Frozen Yogurt Dots (I first saw this idea here.)

What you’ll need:

  • yogurt (any kind will work as long as it’s not too chunky)
  • a sandwich bag
  • scissors
  • wax paper (I use the linings from inside cereal boxes)
  • a cookie sheet

Step 1) Line the cookie sheet with the wax paper.

Step 2) Fill the sandwich bag with yogurt and snip a 1/4 inch corner off.

Step 3) Squeeze the yogurt onto the wax paper in little rows of dots and freeze.

A tasty snack from Mom and Baby.

Finger Food Meal Plan:

Since I’m feeding two toddlers, I mass produce finger foods. At meal time I follow this formula:

Cereals (pick one)

  • 1/2 a piece of whole wheat bread torn into little pieces
  • 1/2 cup of dry cereal like Cheerios
  • 1/2 cup of bite size cooked pasta
  • 1/2 cup brown rice

Fruits and Veggies (2 Tbl worth, pick one)

  • banana slices
  • grapes (I used to quarter them, but my girls eat them whole now)
  • berries: strawberries, blue, black, rasp…
  • canned fruit is nice and soft (but it’s not as nutrient rich as fresh)
  • peas
  • sweet potato bites
  • cooked carrot circles
  • sugar snap peas
  • lettuce pieces (they still mostly move these around their tray)
  • cooked broccoli

Dairy or Protein (2 oz, pick one)

  • grated cheese or one cheese slice
  • frozen yogurt dots
  • cottage cheese
  • browned hamburger (no chunks)
  • shredded chicken (small pieces)

Of course, I give them other options, too. And they usually have a little of whatever the family is having for dinner. I try to lead with the vegetables. Otherwise they fill up on bread and fruit.

Happy feeding!

Note: I give my sixteen-month-old twins three meals and two snacks every day. This is just a guide. Talk to your pediatrician if you have concerns about your child’s food readiness/nutrition needs.


Oct 02

Spooky Chips

by Hannah Holt »

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I have lots of spooky projects planned this month. Let’s start with a bite-worthy snack that will have you howling with delight.

Prep time = 30 minutes
Bake time = 7 minutes

Print these directions.

What you’ll need:¬†

  • 2-4 tortillas
  • 1 potato
  • 1 pkt unsweetened drink mix (0.15 oz)
  • sharp knife
  • 1 paper towel
  • 1 bowl
  • nonstick baking spray
  • baking sheets

Step 1: Make a spooky potato stamp. For detailed directions on making potato stamps, click here.

Step 2: Pour drink mix into bowl and add 1/8 cup water (we used black cherry flavor). Stir and place a paper towel over the mixture.

Step 3: Press the spooky potato stamp into the paper towel and then onto the tortillas.

(We used a combination of white flour and spinach tortillas.)

Step 4: Spritz both sides of each tortilla with baking spray, and then cut into quarters.

Step 5: Place tortilla quarters in a single layer on baking sheets, and bake in an oven preheated to 400 F for 6 to 7 minutes (watch closely after five minutes to prevent burning).

Step 6: Serve plain, with fruity salsa, or your favorite sweet dip.

The chips will have a slight sweet/sour taste from the unsweetened drink mix.

May 01

Monogrammed Yogurt Pops

by Hannah Holt »


 Personalized popsicles make a fun summer treat for birthday parties, family reunions, and other special occasions.

¬†What you’ll need:

  • raspberry yogurt (Yoplait)
  • vanilla yogurt
  • a permanent marker
  • a sandwich bag
  • scissors
  • popsicle sticks
  • wax paper
  • a cookie sheet
  • a freezer big enough to fit the cookie sheet
  • food coloring (optional)

Step 1) Using the permanent marker, draw a circle on the wax paper. (I traced the bottom of a plastic cup for my circle.) Write a letter or letters in the middle of the circle.

Step 2) Turn the wax paper face down on cookie sheet (so the letters are backwards). Place 3-6 ounces of vanilla yogurt in the sandwich bags and cut a 1/4th inch opening in the corner. Squeeze the bag gently as you trace the letters with yogurt. I also outlined my circles with the vanilla yogurt. Like this..

Step 3) Freeze the vanilla yogurt for at least an hour.

Step 4) Place about two ounces of raspberry yogurt over the vanilla. (I use Yoplait raspberry because they color the yogurt with concentrated beet juice. Most ordinary yogurts won’t have enough color contrast for legible letters. For other color possibilities see Step 6.) Place a popsicle stick about half way into the yogurt circle and top with another ounce of yogurt.

Step 5) Freeze overnight (or for at least four hours) and enjoy!

Step 6 ) For other colors, simply add a few drops of food coloring to a small bowl of vanilla yogurt. Using the sandwich bag piping method you can create almost anything.

Feb 06

Hedgehog Snack

by Hannah Holt »


Today, I have a snack you can whip up in less than a minute. It’s the Peanut Butter Hedgehog Snack:

What you’ll need:

  • A tablespoon of peanut butter
  • A handful of stick pretzels
  • Three raisins

Place a dollop of peanut butter on a plate. Balance a few pretzels in the peanut butter (you might want to break the pretzels in half). Don’t forget to put two pretzels along the sides for legs. Use raisins to form the eyes and nose. Ta da! You’re done. Consider serving it with a side of sliced apples for added healthy deliciousness.

In the next few weeks, I have a bunch of upcoming posts that I’m super excited about, including:

  • Another round of paper dolls
  • Ideas for an aviation themed birthday party
  • A post that’s so top secret I can’t tell you about it…

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Oct 29

Ginger-Spooks & Pumpkin Puppets

by Hannah Holt »


This week I had a hankering for gingerbread. It might be too early for Christmas music and gingerbread men, but it’s the perfect time for ginger-spooks!

ginger skeletons

Boo! I followed this recipe for ginger cookies, and frosted them monster-style with a simple glaze.

{Note: to pipe designs on the cookies, I filled a sandwich bag with frosting and snipped off one of the corners with scissors. No fancy cake decorating supplies needed!)

ginger skeletons2

They were frightfully good!

We also made paper bag pumpkin puppets. I always keep lunch bags around the house. They are cheap and have so many uses. I cut pumpkin faces and features from construction paper and showed the kids how to glue them to the bags.


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Happy Halloween!

pumpkin puppet2